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Thread #50640   Message #770858
Posted By: John Minear
24-Aug-02 - 03:02 PM
Thread Name: Wild Boar: History, Lyrics & Discussion-Child #18
Subject: Lyr Add: WILD HOG
Here is a Virginia version, from Carroll County, from Miss Ruby Bowman, of Laurel Fork. This was recorded on aluminum disk by A.K. Davis, Jr., on August 11, 1932, just about 70 years ago. It is on page 77, of Davis' MORE TRADITIONAL BALLADS OF VIRGINIA. The tune looks to be similar to that of Dwight Diller's version, although I don't read music very well.

"WILD HOG"
^^

There's a wild hog in these woods,
Diddle o down, diddle o day,
There's a wild hog in these woods,
Diddle o down today,
This is a wild hog in these woods
That kills men and sucks their blood,
Kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if you can.

Do you see him a-comin' through yonders mash(marsh),
Diddle o down, diddle o day,
See him a-comin' through yonders mash,
Diddle o down today,
See him a-comin' through yonders mash,
Splittin' his way through oak and ash,
Kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if you can.

I fought him with my wooden knife,
Diddle o down, diddle o day,
I fought him with my wooden knife,
Diddle o down today,
Fought him with my wooden knife,
Before I'd take that wild hog's life,

I followed that groundhog(!) to yonders bend,
Diddle o down, diddle o day,
I followed him to yonders bend,
Diddle o down today,
Followed that groundhog to yonders bend,
And there lay the bones of a thousand men,
I kill him tell, cut him down, kill him if I can.

Not only has the wild boar become a groundhog in this version, but the action has become first person as well. I wonder if there is a crossover version somewhere that mixes with the song "Groundhog". You could almost sing some of the "Old Bangum" versions to the tune of "Groundhog", if you dropped the refrains.